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Skegness RNLI lifeboat volunteers involved in ‘Titanic’ rescue

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Russ Matthews
Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer) at Skegness Lifeboat Station.

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Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Russ Matthews

Volunteer RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) crew members of Skegness' inshore lifeboat were today (Monday) surprised to discover they had been called out to rescue a boat named Titanic.

The vessel, an 8ft fishing dinghy that had been bought off eBay yesterday, was spotted a mile off Skegness Central Beach along with two other inflatable tender boats and reported as being in trouble.

Skegness inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was requested to launch at 12:38pm by Humber Coastguard.

Helmsman Mark Holley took the lifeboat alongside the group of boats, each of which had two people on board, to offer assistance.

He said: ‘Once we got closer to the group it was clear that each of the three boats did have a small engine and they initially seemed happy to make their own way back to shore, despite the strong offshore wind.’

The lifeboat stood by while the occupants of the Titanic attempted to start her engine. With little success, the group then attempted to tow the boat back to the beach themselves.

Mark added, ‘They were making extremely slow progress back to the beach with a 4hp engine, against the wind and with the flooding tide taking them further south. We offered our assistance again, and took the Titanic in tow back to the beach before eventually helping them to recover all three boats out of the water.’

The lifeboat crew offered the group some basic sea safety advice before heading back to the lifeboat station at 2pm.

RNLI Sea Safety advice
Being properly prepared to go to sea is vitally important no matter what the conditions at the time of launch. The state of the tide and weather can change rapidly – a real danger when you’re a long way from shore.

Before setting out on the water you should always ensure:
• You have working VHF radio for use in case of emergencies,
• You have sufficient (in date) flares to signal for help if needed,
• That there is a suitable, good quality life jacket for EVERY member of your group,
• Any vessel should have been properly assessed for its seaworthiness and that it is capable of the task it is being used for.

The RNLI offers a wealth of free sea safety information and interactive guides on their website at:

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Skegness inshore lifeboat crew members Ned Kelly (left), Mark Holley and Will Watson, following the rescue of the Titanic, Monday 2 September 2013. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Tony Kelly)

Video footage of this incident is now available on the RNLI Video Library and on YouTube.

RNLI Skegness media contacts
For more information please contact –
• Russell Matthews, Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer) on 07930 449602 / press@RNLIskegness.org.uk
• Adam Holmes, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer) on 07966 282294 / dlpo@RNLIskegness.org.uk

RNLI Skegness online
For further information about the RNLI in Skegness visit Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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